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Finding information for Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Finding Information for Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Activity 4: Using databases - Web of Science

Watch this Panopto video from Academic Skills Centre (includes sub-titles).

NB: see also the previous sections in this guide on search strategy and search techniques, or go direct to the guide on Effective Search Techniques.

First log in to Findit@Bham.

Then locate the entry for Web of Science.

  • Select Database search from the Dashboard at the top of the screen (you may need to click on the 3 dots to make this option available)
  • Search for Web of Science (Core Collection) and open the link in the resulting record

Once in Web of Science:

  • Enter your keywords in the boxes provided
  • Click on +Add Row to provide more boxes as needed: make sure each separate row is connected by AND
  • If you want only the most recent references, you can change the date range to whichever years you want.  Here, under Timespan we have selected the last 5 years
  • Click on Search

The following screenshots show a search for articles about "Manual therapy for ankle contusion".

  • ankle


  • sprain OR contusion


  • "manual therapy" OR massage

Web of Science search example


This search produces a list of results.  Some of your keywords may already be highlighted in the title, or the abstract (summary) underneath the title.

Web of Science search results


If you have a lot of results, as in this case, there are a range of further criteria listed in the left-hand margin by which you can further narrow down your search.  The most useful of these are Date of Publication, Web of Science Categories (i.e. subject headings) and Document Types.


Document types including Review


Under Document Types, look out for the category Review.  These are review articles which summarise and review research done in a particular topic, and point to further literature about it.  They can save you a lot of time in the initial stages of your research.

From the results list, click on Full Text from Publisher to see if it is possible to access the full text of the article.  Otherwise, click on the FindIt@Bham button  which will link to our library catalogue to see if we have it available through another provider.

To Save Results in Web of Science:

  • Tick the box for those items you wish to save 
    • Choose Export above the list of results
    • Then choose EndNote online to save to your EndNote online account; or RIS for a file to upload into any referencing software


  • Choose Add to Marked list and name a fresh list, choose an existing list, or just send to 'Unfiled'
  • Once you have ‘marked’ all the references you need, click on Marked List at the top right of the screen
  • Then use Export to confirm the records you wish to save, with options save to Endnote online; or save as RIS file for importing into any referencing software


Web of Science results for adding to marked list

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